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How to Buy Land and Build a House in Thailand Paperback – September 9, 2006
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About the Author
After twenty plus years of renovating and remodeling old houses in England and the USA, Philip Bryce moved to Thailand in 2004. With his Thai wife, Philip designed and managed the building of his own house in Ko Phangan. That experience was the basis for the first edition of this book. Subsequently, Philip and his wife have established a highly successful building project management company and have build six houses over the last three years. Philip continues to update this book as he strives to build the perfect Thai house.
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By the way, this is one of the books that helped me to make the decision NOT to build a home in Thailand but to buy an existing home and fix it.
BTW I am An Australian living in Australia with a Thai wife who is an Australian citizen and have been to Thailand Many times so I am aware of the many pitfalls you could get into. We will build in Thailand in about 4 years time and this information is certainly invaluable to us. Thank you to the Author Philip Bryce.
Only Americans CAN own land in Thailand according to the "American-Thai Amity Treaty of 1966", provided you jump through the hoops at set forth.
I have OWNED (not leased or rented) land in Thailand for over 15 years now (without a Thai wife or Thai partner... which is the ONLY REAL WAY to ensuring no additional problems).
This is the ONLY way I recommend owning land in Thailand.
You can do it as a 'sole-proprietor', 100% American owned business or majority (own 51% or greater-controlling interest) in an American-Thai business.
Thinking that you are being clever 'beating the system' by going through your 'Thai wife', Thai partners', etc. is just revealing ignorance that is outright stupid and can be dangerous to the point of lethal.
I've read the book and for the $15 it is a cheap source of important information, but you must remember it is not a legally binding document.
In Thailand, even documents that have appeared to be 'legally binding' turned out to be nothing more than words written in Thai and/or English on a piece of paper not recognized by anyone. Mostly due again to the ignorance, greed and sometimes desperation of the farang/foreigner to live in the "Land of Smiles".
The Thai Government has very reasonable laws that if followed will provide the same protections as most other industrialized nations.
However, you must be 100% sure you have filed the right papers, with the right authorities until you receive the right authorization. Which is where 99.999% of failures begin, with fraudulent/counterfeit documents, legal paperwork left/entrusted to a Thai person you think you can trust and many times only recently met, not knowing the language or culture or having the ability to read the documents to know whether or not they state what you think you are agreeing to and are in fact REAL.
The "caveat emptor" or "buyer beware" often overlooked is what gets people in trouble.
Thailand is not different to most countries and has no shortage of scams compared to the USA, UK, EU countries, Japan, etc.
It is the disarming friendliness of the Thai people and even the criminals that cause people to get into some real trouble because of their ignorance, laziness from doing what ONLY they should do.
FACT: Police reports and via polls of victims indicate that scams in Thailand are perpetrated over 57% by other foreigners in Thailand. Which means in your eagerness to want to trust a 'fellow countryman' and drop your caveat emptor to 'one of your own' relinquishing your obligations to yet another 'stranger' you hardly know will lead you down the "Path to Perdition' not only in Thailand, but anywhere.
Buy the book, research the links I've provided and DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK AND WORK, find a good attorney (a book should be written on this), honest accountant (ditto), enjoy all you do have in this life knowing it is all temporary.
Otherwise, it's like working 50 years to make millions of dollars, then asking someone making minimum wage whom you've never met to take the bag of money to the bank for you....AND THEN GET UPSET... when it vanishes with the stranger.
Here are places that provide some facts for you to start:
BUT I BET YOU ALL HAVE ALREADY DONE THIS HOMEWORK...HUH?! ;)
Enjoy life while you still can.
I'd say "Dont Build Home Without It," to play on the AmEx slogan (not that I have any fondness for those corporates....:). I wont. Many of the details here you will likely be faced with at some point, in a relatively complex place (land ownership, etc). The experiences (and knowledge) of others is an invaluable gift. It helps if you can also write, which he can.
Highly recommended, as is his other book (with Thai co-author), Retiring in Thailand. If you plan to do this also, it will save you (and will me) a lot of pain and frustration, I am sure. Also very detailed yet readable. In my experience (Belize, Panama) its some of the best of the genre. Unqualified 5 stars, as is this book. Thanks, Phillip....!
has almost NOTHING to do with the book he pretends to be reviewing.
Yes, "stuff" happens everywhere, all the time. But if you are dumb
enough to put your newly built house in the name of a nearly broke single mother
you just met in a bar, you are likely not bright enough to be building
a house on your own in another country to begin with!
Having said that, I found Mr Bryce's an EXCELLENT book on the pros and
cons, the risks and rewards of building a house in Thailand.
I personally found his experience and information invaluable, and would
STRONGLY recommend you not even consider building a house in Thailand without reading this book first!
There are indeed many complexities involved,and this book is the easiest
way thru the challenges you will indeed encounter.